Spotlight On… Loretta Re

Loretta grew up in Ballarat, immersed in the story of the famous Eureka Stockade. Time spent as a history researcher and writer at Melbourne University boosted her interest in little-known snippets of Australian history. She is also a lawyer and has published many legal articles. Loretta’s other publications include a picture book for children, Flying South, which was published by Harper ...

Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow: Interview with Leigh Rigozzi

Leigh Rigozzi is a Sydney-based artist and the editor of Blood & Thunder, an infrequently published anthology of Australian comics. He is Projects & Communications Officer at the NSW Writers’ Centre. Leigh has curated an exhibition of comic art for the upcoming Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow and will be speaking on a panel about book design. We spoke to Leigh about ...

Poetry Book Review: Anonymous Folk Songs by James Stuart

Anonymous Folk Songs is James Stuart’s first full-length poetry collection, released by Vagabond Press in early 2014. His previous creative works and collections have used intermedia methods and proved Stuart’s ability to push boundaries across creative mediums as well as Asia-Pacific cultures. Stuart also crosses such boundaries as technique and theme in Anonymous Folk Songs, moving between rural and suburban ...

Poetry book review: The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight with drawings by Terrence Tasker

It would be an understatement to say that the story behind the publication of The Antigone Poems is unusual. Created at intermittent times during the 1970s, betwixt the cities of Montreal and Toronto, this dark volume is a collaborative effort between poet Marie Slaight and her friend, artist Terrence Tasker. Forty years later, and long after the death of Tasker in ...

9 Ways To Be A Successful Travel Writer

1.     Be curious. Don’t be afraid to go down that nameless cobbled street to see where it leads or ask the weary Greek shopkeeper why he’s looking so tired. 2.     Be persistent. If you want to get published, you’ll need to keep trying different editors before you strike it lucky.  3.     Take notes. Always travel with a notebook and make notes in ...

Spotlight On… Jo Riccioni

Jo Riccioni was born in the UK to an Italian father and English mother. She has a Masters in English from Leeds University and worked in Singapore and Paris before settling in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Her short stories have been read on the BBC and National Radio and published in the UK, the US and Australia, including The Best Australian Stories ...

Poetry Book Review: Final Theory by Bonny Cassidy

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to send a poet to New Zealand, Tasmania, South Australia, and Antarctica. Encourage her to write poems during her travels, and then publish them as a book. Well, guess what? Thanks to the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Poetry, the University of Western Sydney, and Giramondo Publishing, all you, dear reader, ...

Honouring Series: Thea Astley, brilliant to the last

Four people sat together at the first inaugural NSW Writers’ Centre event honouring Australian writers, on 23 August 2014. They were keen to discuss one woman, Thea Astley, who has impacted each of their lives. Author Felicity Castagna, Small Indiscretions, Literary critic Susan Sheridan, Author Debra Adelaide, The Household Guide to Dying, and Mark MacLeod, editor, critic and long-time family ...

Book Review: The Best Feeling of All by Jack Ellis

Is it possible to feel nostalgic towards a place in which you didn't grow up? Is it conceivable to see a version of your 15-year-old self mirrored in the actions and words of two girls with whom you share no commonalities, save for your gender? Jack Ellis, author of The Best Feeling of All, has succeeded in offering a tale of two ...

Poetry Book Review: The End of the World by Maria Takolander

Following the success of her first collection of short stories in 2013, The Double, Australian poet Maria Takolander has returned to poetry in the form of the The End of the World, published by Giramondo Press. The volume is separated into three highly distinct parts, so distinct, in fact, one feels as though they are pulled from entirely divergent times and ...

Spotlight on… C.S. Boag

Over a long writing career, C. S. Boag's work has featured in numerous publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald, the former Sydney Sun newspaper and The Bulletin magazine. His first story appeared in Sydney University's Honi Soit magazine and a number of his short stories have been published since. A former columnist and feature writer, he is a winner of the ...

Celebrating our Members’ Success Stories

A big congratulations to these Writers’ Centre members, who have achieved amazing successes in 2014. Many have had their first short stories or poems published, some have won writing competitions, received valuable fellowships or residencies, and others have had their first book published. They are novelists, children’s writers, poets, writers of non-fiction, memoir and more, and they serve as an ...

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